Using Student Choice and Teachable Moments to Increase Student Understanding and Motivation

Additional examples of responsiveness and flexibility in the classroom help me align with teacher criteria. For me, it’s the element of persistence most specifically. My high school Special Education students often need material to be explained and manipulated in a variety of ways, so these additional strategies go into my arsenal of options and allow … More Using Student Choice and Teachable Moments to Increase Student Understanding and Motivation

Challenges and Strategies for Maintaining a 21st Century Classroom

There are a number of necessary changes and challenges that must be addressed in order to maintain a classroom for the 21st Century. To start, I face two distinct potential challenges in becoming a 21st Century teacher. The challenge of tech overload must be addressed. It’s important to not become totally dependent on technology for … More Challenges and Strategies for Maintaining a 21st Century Classroom

Preparing Students for the 21st Century Workplace

I work hard to organize my high school Special Education Learning Center classroom a place that prepares students for the 21st Century workplace. Most of my students have goals to prepare for transitioning into either trade school or the workplace, so I devote specific instruction time to preparing for entering the workforce. I take the … More Preparing Students for the 21st Century Workplace

How Students and Teachers Use Technology in Different Ways

How do we use technology in similar ways? In what ways does our use differ? For both my students and myself, technology’s primary role is communication. Their contact with friends and family seems to be pretty much constant and in a variety of ways. For me it’s more texting and email, but the idea is … More How Students and Teachers Use Technology in Different Ways

Respectfully Addressing a Student’s Disruptive Classroom Behavior

One student in my high school learning support classroom frequently becomes distracted and leaves his desk to walk around the classroom. I do allow my students some freedom to move around the room as they need to, but this particular student did so in a way that was distracting to the other students and was … More Respectfully Addressing a Student’s Disruptive Classroom Behavior

The 4 Elements of Demonstrating Knowledge of Students

I can demonstrate deep knowledge of two elements. First, “knowledge of students’ special needs” is an area that I have documentation and knowledge of for my classes. I’m a Special Education teacher in a high school resource room learning center, so I’m familiar with each student’s individual strengths and challenges. Second, I can demonstrate deep … More The 4 Elements of Demonstrating Knowledge of Students

Assesing My Current Teacher-to-Student Interactions and Stress in the Classroom

My current level of Teacher-to-Student interactions is average, and I’m doing my best to learn from the positive and negative interactions I’ve had. In one example, a student in my Special Education Resource Room was sleeping in class for several days in a row. Each time I found him sleeping in class I would raise … More Assesing My Current Teacher-to-Student Interactions and Stress in the Classroom

A Classroom Interview Activity to Learn More About Student Interests and Abilities

High School Special Education Transition Planning Goal Focused Mock Interview Template Activity Objectives: 1-Teacher gathers information about students’ skills, knowledge, language proficiency, interests, cultural heritage, and special needs and note modifications, accommodations, or differentiated strategies that may support student success in the classroom. 2-Students apply skills from Transition Planning activities about job skills, job searching, … More A Classroom Interview Activity to Learn More About Student Interests and Abilities

How do formative assessments provide students with on-going feedback that reflects their achievement?

How do formative assessments provide students with on-going feedback that reflects their achievement? Provide examples to support your ideas. Formative assessments provide accurate, timely, and fair feedback to both students and teachers. These assessments can be formal or informal, but are always intended to give the student and teacher a clear way to gauge progress … More How do formative assessments provide students with on-going feedback that reflects their achievement?

Statement of the Problem for Research on Specials Teachers’ Perception of Assistive Technology Competence

Statement of the Problem Example Introduction. Imagine you are teacher in a Specials classroom and several students in the class have a disability. Can the student with visual impairments see the homework on the board? Can your students who use a wheelchair change from group to group? What about your student with Autism who only … More Statement of the Problem for Research on Specials Teachers’ Perception of Assistive Technology Competence